About Printmaking

Printmaking engages students in learning how to create and print their own designs using multiple printmaking techniques including screenprinting and relief printing. In partnership with the Mission Cultural Center’s Mission Grafica, our young printmakers work in a professional print shop. Our young printmakers have collaborated with youth at PODER to create poster campaigns for public land use and a new community-based urban farm. They have exhibited and sold their work at SOMArts, Asterisk Gallery, the Children’s Creativity Museum, and lots of community events.

Notable Projects

Our printmakers are collaborating and exhibiting in professional venues. Here are some of the highlights!

  • We are Here, 2015-2016 (interactive, community-based print mural project)
  • Punchline Exchange, Gallery X, 2014
  • Photo + Print + Architecture + Fashion Exhibit, Children’s Creativity Museum, 2014
  • Excelsior Storefronts Documentary Project, 2014
  • High School Colors Collaborative Print, 2014
  • Supervisor Yee’s Office, City Hall, Print & Photo Exhibit, 2014
  • Back to the Picture Día de los Muertos Exhibit,  2013
  • Poder Urban Farm Education Poster Series, 2013
  • Asterisk Gallery, Print & Photo Exhibit, 2013

Project Gallery

In summer 2016, 13 Youth Art Exchange printmaking interns gathered for an intensive 3-week course at the Mission Grafica to design posters on their favorite books, which were then put on display at the San Francisco Public Library. This project gallery/slideshow showcases the work they produced.

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Hyeyoon Song |  Lead Faculty

HyeYoon Song is a Korean born artist who works and resides in San Francisco Bay area. She was raised in Auckland, New Zealand and came to the States in 2003. She has received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 with emphasis in Painting and Print-media. Her work combines figuration of natural environment  accompanied by abstraction, expanding the tradition of abstract expressionism. She holds a teaching positiong at Mission Grafica as an Etching instructor and also a Printmaking instructor at the MAS Youth program during the summer sessions.

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Alyssa Aviles |  Lead Faculty

Alyssa Aviles is a Xicana artist and arts educator in San Francisco, California. She was born and raised in the city’s Mission District, a place whose spiritual geography has influenced much of her work and career. Alyssa received a BFA in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Alyssa began a women’s printmaking collective by the name of Suavecita Press. In this collective, women are invited to learn and collaborate as printmakers. This collective currently operates out of the Mission Gráfica printmaking studio of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where Alyssa also gives silkscreening classes and assists as a studio manager. Aside from teaching, Alyssa also works as a freelance artist and operates the line of merchandise that Suavecita Press currently offers.

Contact: alyssa at youthartexchange dot org | Website:

Imin Yeh  | Faculty Emeritus

Imin creates sculptures, installations, downloadable crafts, and participatory artist-led projects. She is a recipient of a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art supported by the Irvine Foundation, 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a 2010 Irvine Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Art Center and awarded a 2 x 2 Solos exhibition at ProArts Gallery in 2010.  She received a 2009 Barclay Simpson MFA Award (2009), the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2008) and the Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship in 2007. She has had recent residencies at Blue Mountain Center (NY), Montalvo Art Center (CA) and Mission Grafica (CA).  She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had shown her work at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Incline Gallery, Southern Exposure, Meridian Gallery, Mission Cultural Center, ProArts Gallery in Oakland, 18 Reasons, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She has an upcoming project at the Zero1 Biennal and at Intersection for the Arts.  She has just finished running a year-long fake contemporary art space called SpaceBi ( that takes place in the Asian Art Museum, where she will be exhibiting this Spring. She also recently received a Fleishhacker Fellowship.



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